Employee Spotlight – Evan Markley
This month’s Employee Spotlight is on Engage fi’s Manager of Analytics, Joseph “Evan” Markley. After working at a large credit union, Evan was given the chance to transition to Engage fi and “could not pass on the amazing opportunity!” In Evan’s approximately 457 days (or roughly one year, four months) with Engage fi, Evan has performed above and beyond, always impressing the team with his data visualization skills. As Manager of Analytics, Evan is involved with all things data-related and oversees the pricing team and all deliverables. Evan and his team decompose, normalize, and analyze service costs from our client’s current state against offers from prospective vendors using historical industry databases, catalogs, public reports, and proprietary business intelligence technology.
Evan, who happens to have a twin brother, was born and raised in Summerfield, North Carolina. Evan has an interesting education history, including attending a Spanish immersion magnet school throughout elementary school. Every class was taught in Spanish apart from a one-hour-per-day English class. As a result, Evan became fluent in Spanish. After that, Evan decided to transition to a traditional public school to focus on sports, mainly because of his interest in basketball. After graduating high school, Evan went to undergraduate school in Wilmington, NC, and has not left since (except for moving for one year to complete his graduate program at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA).
While a junior in college, Evan met his wife and four years later got married. That same year, he was diagnosed with cancer and is now a cancer survivor. This was a transformative experience for Evan and does his best to live each day to the fullest and influence others in a positive way. Evan and his wife live in Wilmington with their two miniature dachshunds, who they love more than anything. When Evan isn’t working, he’s most likely out on a run, enjoying the peace of mind it brings him.
Want to learn more about Evan? Put down those running shoes (only for a few minutes) and read on!
Q&A with Evan
Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it? A: I’m grateful for today.
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery? A: Buy another ticket.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Artic Grapes Ice Cube Gum.
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Poke Bowls.
Q: Best vacation you’ve taken? A: My honeymoon in Hawaii.
Q: Are you messy or organized? A: Organized.
Q: What is your spirit animal? A: A wolf.
Q: What book did you read last? A: The 4th Harry Potter book – this one is definitely my favorite.
Q: What is an ability you wish you had? A: A photographic memory.
Q: What is on your bucket list? A: Go to Egypt and tour the pyramids.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working here? A: Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who prioritize collaboration, lifting up new ideas, and having fun!
Q: What are your pet peeves? A: Air conditioning over 70 degrees.
Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A: Anything you could take apart and put back together.
Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? A: That’s a story for another day!
Q: What makes you laugh? A: My wife.
Q: What inspires you? A: Seeing people use their time/resources to help others
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: Thanksgiving, even though I’m not a fan of turkey.
Q: What chore do you hate? A: Cleaning out the fridge
Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer? A: A gatherer
Q: What is something funny that happened to you recently? A: I was jumping a small fence to get my dog’s toy, and completely wiped out.
Q: What is on the radio in your car? A: Hip-Hop from the early 2000s.
Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be? A: Play the piano.
Q: You are happiest when: A: I get 8 hours asleep.
Q: What is your favorite thing or place in the city you live in? A: Spend time with my dachshunds on the beach.
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be? A: “What’s my wife want now?”
Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A: A suckling pig at a feast in Segovia, Spain.
Q: First concert? A: Never been… to many people.
Q: What does true leadership mean to you? A: Lead by Example.
Q: What are your top three life highlights? A: Getting married, getting my master’s, and beating cancer
Q: Advice for new hires? A: The work we do is fast-paced and ever-changing, but everyone is in it together and the culture here is tough to beat.